Apraxia-KIDS News, September 20, 2013


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The Latest News, Events, and Information on or Related to Childhood Apraxia of Speech


September 20, 2013



We are accepting applications for our iPads for Apraxia program!  Each year CASANA distributes iPads and protective cases to children with severe apraxia with financial need and small nonprofit speech therapy clinics.  Click here to read more about the programApplications are due no later than Friday October 4, 2013 at 5:00 PM US/EDT.  Funding for this program is from proceeds raised during the Walk for Children with  Apraxia® , the Silent Stars Foundation, and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.


In February 2013, CASANA held the 2013 CAS Research Symposium, bringing together the world’s top researchers and CASANA representatives to share and discuss the “state of the art” in childhood apraxia of speech research.  We are pleased to report that videos of the four scientific presentation sections are now available for viewing by all concerned with children with apraxia.  To access the videos, one must first register and then will be sent a password and link via email.  For more information, click here.  The symposium and videos were made possible thanks to funds raised through the Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech® .

View a list of professionals that support CASANA and our apraxia cause! Click here to view complete list, by state, of those professionals: Apraxia-KIDS.org – CASANA Professional Friends Directory

Articles of Interest

Why Suspected Childhood Apraxia of Speech Deserves Careful Assessment – Speech-language pathologist Tatyana Elleseff makes the case as to why detailed speech, language and communication assessment is required to diagnose the complexity of a speech disorder like CAS and she urges developmental pediatrician’s to resist assigning the diagnosis and treatment plan until an SLP has carefully evaluated. ASHA Sphere Blog, 9/17/2013

Childhood Apraxia of Speech: One Mother’s Journey –By Guest Blogger, Merritt Tise, founder of the Charlotte Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech. CharlotteSmartyPants.com, 9/18/2013

Tell Me About Apraxia – “Don’t worry, she’ll catch up.” I heard that sentence from so many parents around Anna’s second birthday. We were worried about her speech; she was talking all the time but we could barely understand her while kids her age and younger spoke clearly. “Don’t worry she’ll catch up,” people would say. I said the same thing to myself. I figured it would just happen. Fatherhood, Etc. Blog, 9/17/2013  

E-readers more effective than paper for some readers with dyslexiaE-readers are more effective than reading on paper for some with dyslexia, according to results published September 18 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Mathew Schneps from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and colleagues from other institutions. Science Codex, 9/19/2013

Upcoming Events

The Walk for Children with Apraxia®
Upcoming Dates and Locations –  Saturday, September 21, 2013 – Akron, OH; Houston, TX; Fennimore, WI; Fort Wayne, IN; Brookhaven, MI; Westminster/Baltimore, MD; Bellevue, IA; Dallas, TX; and Coloma, MI — Sunday, September 22, 2013 – Pittsburgh, PA — Saturday, September 28, 2013 – Tallahassee, FL; Gaylord, MI; Valdosta, GA; Edmonton, AB; New Berlin, WI; Charlotte, NC; Fulton, NY; Shippensburg, PA —- Sunday, September 29, 2013 – Huron, OH  Click here to see all locations and dates. Nearly 11,000 walkers have already joined the cause to raise apraxia awareness and help raise funding for programs and research. Join the Walk for Children with Apraxia® – the national movement to raise awareness and help unlock the voices of children with apraxia!

Fall CASANA Apraxia Workshops, Seminars, and Webinars

September 23, 2013

St. Paul, MN Workshop – Assessment, Treatment, and Early Literacy Skills for Children with Apraxia with Dr. Amy Meredith (ASHA CEU’s will be offered)

Click here for more information

October 10, 2013

Philadelphia, PA Parent Seminar – Understanding Executive Function Skills & Children with Apraxia with Dr. Ruth Stoeckel of the Mayo Clinic

Click here for more information

October 11, 2013

Philadelphia, PA Workshop – Apraxia “Plus”: Common Co-Existing Issues & Management Strategies in Children with Apraxia of Speech with Dr. Ruth Stoeckel of the Mayo Clinic (ASHA CEUs will be offered)

Click here for more information

October 15, 2013

Live Webinar at 7:00 PM US/EDT – Dealing with Dysarthria & Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Click here for more information

October 18, 2013

Live webinar at 10:00 AM US/EDT – Dealing with Dysarthria & Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Click here for more information

November 6, 2013

Live webinar at 7:00 PM US/EST – Sibling Struggles: Support and Survival Strategies

Click here for more information

November 8, 2013

Live webinar at 9:00 AM US/EST – Sibling Struggles: Support and Survival Strategies

Click here for more information

Click here to view more educational, support and awareness events

Ways to Raise Apraxia Awareness!

Are you like us? Always looking for ways to start a conversation or raise awareness about apraxia? Check out some of our newest Apraxia Awareness products available in the Apraxia-KIDS Store. New in the store is this sterling silver “Every child deserves a voice” bracelet with our CASANA Apraxia logo.  Raise some awareness!  Purchase yours today! 



2013 CASANA Holiday Ornament is Here!

This year’s holiday ornament is a beautiful polished pewter star with embossing of our Apraxia logo and official tagline, “Every child deserves a voice”.  This is a perfect gift for parents, therapists, educators or anyone who holds a child with apraxia dear to their heart.  You can purchase the ornament here.



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Upcoming Webinar: Sibling Struggles: Support and Survival Strategies

A CASANA Live Webinar:

Sibling Struggles: Support and Survival Strategies

Presented by Apraxia expert David Hammer, MA, CCC-SLP

(ASHA CEUs are available for this educational event)


At the 2013 CASANA National Conference in Denver, David Hammer had the unique opportunity to conduct a first-of-its-kind session for siblings of children with CAS.  It was a fun, enlightening, and thought-provoking event. The insights, and honesty of the children who participated was astonishing, and the amazing support they had for their siblings was incredible. This webinar is designed to open our thinking to issues that siblings face when they have a brother or sister with CAS.  It will include a discussion of common struggles they may encounter, ways to engage them as active participants in the therapy process, and potential solutions for therapists and parents for handling these challenges. The webinar is intended to spark discussion during the question and answer time about real life issues that participants have encountered or are currently involved in with siblings of children with CAS.

Webinar Dates and Times:

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 7:00 PM (US/EST.)Click here to read more.

Friday, November 8, 2013 at 9:00 AM (US/EST.)Click here to read more.

[Note: Registration closes on Friday November 1st!]

Upcoming Webinar – Dealing with Dysarthria & Childhood Apraxia of Speech

A CASANA Live Webinar:

Dealing with Dysarthria & Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Presented by Apraxia expert Ruth Stoeckel, Ph.D., CCC-SLP of the Mayo Clinic

(ASHA CEUs are available for this educational event)

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In recent years, there has been increased awareness of Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) as a pediatric motor speech disorder that affects planning and programming for speech production.  Motor impairment affecting the execution of speech movements (dysarthria) in children is more often associated with other disorders, such as cerebral palsy, has received less attention, yet, can seriously impact speech sound production.

For children with severe speech sound disorders, it may be challenging to SLPs to determine the relative contributions of linguistic versus motor impairment, and to differentiate problems of planning/programming from difficulty with execution of movements.  In addition to making an accurate diagnosis, treatment will need to be adjusted, depending on the degree to which different factors are involved. This session will discuss overlapping characteristics between apraxia and dysarthria, characteristics that differentiate the two disorders, and how therapy intervention can be adapted when both apraxia and dysarthria are present.

Webinar Dates and Times:

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 7:00 PM US/EDT – Click here to read more

Friday, October 18, 2013 at 10:00 AM US/EDT – Click here to read more